FAQ’s About Teen Driving Laws
Restrictions for ALL permit holders are:
Curfew - No curfew, but must be accompanied by a qualified trainer.
Passenger – Only a parent, legal guardian or qualified trainer for the duration of the permit.
For the first 6 months after obtaining a driver license, may only drive with:
- Licensed driving instructor or
- Person providing instruction who is at least 20 years old, has held a license for at least 4 years with no suspensions during the last 4 years
- parents or legal guardian at least one of whom holds a valid driver license.
For the second 6 months, may drive with the above people and also drive
with immediate family (e.g., brothers, and sisters).
Please note: The passenger and curfew restrictions do not apply to:
active members of a volunteer fire company or department responding to an emergency
active member of volunteer ambulance service or company responding to an emergency
assigned driver in a Safe Ride program.
Are there restrictions that apply to 16- and 17-year-olds who have obtained a motorcycle endorsement?
Yes. A 16 and 17 year old may not transport any passengers for the first 6 months from date of issuance of motorcycle endorsement.
There is currently no exemption for 16-and 17-year-old parents to carry their children. DMV will adopt regulations to put such an exemption in effect. The Department is drafting and will submit regulations for approval.
Commercial Driving School
High School (Secondary) Driver Education
30 hours classroom training, which includes the Safe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training
30 hours classroom training, which includes the S afe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training
22 hour classroom type training, and an 8 hour Safe Driving Practices course at commercial/secondary school which includes 2 hour parent/legal guardian training
40 hours practice driving*
40 hours practice driving*
40 hours practice driving*
*40 hour practice driving (behind-the-wheel) may be given by any combination of commercial/secondary/parent instruction. Learner's permit holders are eligible to apply for a driver's license after they have held the permit for at least 120 or 180 days. You must receive at least 30 hours classroom and 8 hours behind-the-wheel practice driving with a Connecticut licensed commercial/secondary driving school to be eligible to take the test after holding the permit for only 120 days.
A qualified trainer is a person 20 years of age or older, has held a valid license for at least 4 years and has received no suspensions within the last 4 years. Qualified trainers may include:
- spouse of married minor
- parent, grandparent, foster parent, legal guardian, or
- if none are qualified to give training, the stepparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt by blood or marriage, may train if qualified
If you are attending a commercial or secondary school for the entire 30 hours classroom portion of driver training and are receiving a minimum of 8 hours practice driving from them, you must have a learner permit for 120 days before you are eligible to take the test for your driver test.
If you are being home trained by receiving the equivalent of 22 hours of classroom training, attend a commercial or secondary school for the 8 hour Safe Driving Practices class (including the 2 hour parent training) and are receiving your practice driving from a qualified home trainer, you must have a learner permit for 180 days before you are eligible to take the test for your driver test.
The applicant and their parent or legal guardian must attend the 2 hour parent training course. Applicant must provide certification of completion of parent training course on Form CS-1 (Certificate of Completion of Commercial/Secondary School Driver Education) when they take their road test.
The 2-hour parent-training course is part of the 8-hour Safe Driving Practices course. A parent/legal guardian must attend the 2-hour course WITH the student at the commercial/secondary school. The parent attending the course does not need to be the same one who is conducting the training and does not need to have a driver license.
Must the home training qualified trainer attest to the 40 hours practice driving?
Yes. The qualified trainer must accompany the applicant to the DMV when they take their road test and sign the R-229 form that includes a certification statement, attesting to conducting the practice driving.
NOTE: Home-trained applicants must also submit a completed Form CS-1 (Certificate of Completion of Commercial/Secondary School Driver Education) to prove completion of parent training course when they take their road test.
The DMV recommends use of Parent/Guardian Driving Instruction Log to ensure that the 40-hour driving practice adequately covers the essential topics and areas of driving skill sets. Also recommended is the use of the RAPT3 driving simulation software that focuses on hazard awareness.
The qualified trainer who provided the practice driving must sign the R-229, attesting to the fact that the applicant has met all requirements, including classroom training, practice driving, Safe Driving Practices course and Parent Training.
Any applicant who has not been previously licensed in CT or who does not hold a valid license from any other state (including US territories, Germany, Canada & France) will be required to take the 8-hour Safe Driving Practices course through a licensed driving school before they can be tested for a license. They must present a driver training certificate (CS1). They do not need to obtain a permit.
What knowledge test will be given to permit and license applicants?
The knowledge test will have 25 questions. The applicant must answer at least 20 questions correct to pass. The test will include questions about restrictions for 16 and 17 year old drivers.
A 25-question test will be taken prior to the learner permit being issued, if the applicant passes the test a learner permit will be issued.
NOTE: Effective July 5, 2011, DMV no longer requires 16- or 17-year-old applicants to take a second knowledge test, also known as the "Teen Final Exam." However, any 16 or 17-year-old who failed this second test prior to July 5 will still need to take the re-test of it to obtain a license.
Learner permit applicants pay the $40 testing fee when they appear at the DMV to apply for a learner permit. They must pass the vision and 25 question knowledge test. If they pass both tests, they pay $19 fee to obtain the permit. When they come in for their road test to obtain their license, they pay the fee for their license ($72 for six-year license, $84 for seven-year license depending on the applicant’s date of birth).
If an applicant fails the knowledge test, they pay the $40 fee again when they reapply.
If an applicant fails a vision test, they can return after they have had their vision corrected and take the vision and knowledge tests for no additional fee. If they pass both tests, they pay the $19 permit fee to obtain the permit.
No. The 2-hour parent training is included in the $125 fee for the 8-hour Safe Driving Practices course. There is no additional fee at this time.
Any 16 or any 16 and 17 year old with a valid license who wants to obtain a Connecticut license must:
Complete the 8 hour Safe Driving Practices class at a commercial driving school or secondary school in Connecticut including the 2 hour parent/legal guardian training
- Provide proof of driver education training requirements that meet Connecticut standards.
- Pass a vision test at the DMV.
- Pass a road test at the DMV.
- Surrender their out-of-state license.
- Comply with all Graduated Driver License (GDL) restrictions.
What about an 18 year old with valid license who is transferring from out-of-state?
These operators only have to take a vision test.
Yes. Since the learner's permit is a bona fide credential, a customer must surrender any identification card upon receipt of a photo permit. The number on the ID is used as the permit number.
If a customer needs a duplicate of a permit, they must:
- Visit a full-service or satellite DMV office or photo license center
- Submit 2 forms of identification from the list of acceptable forms of identification
- Complete an Application for Duplicate of Current Driver’s License or Permit (Form B-1)
- Pay a fee of $19 for the duplicate permit.
Connecticut law allows 16- and 17 year-olds to register vehicles. A Certificate of Parental Consent (Form 2D) must be signed by a parent/legal guardian for 16- and- 17 year olds.
Note: When a 16- or 17- year old registers a non-passenger vehicle (e.g., motorcycle, trailer, some pickup trucks), Connecticut law requires special insurance called Proof of Financial Responsibility. This insurance must be on file at the DMV before you can register the vehicle. Please call 860-263-5152 to verify the filing before you come to the DMV to register the vehicle.
Content Last Modified on 7/16/2013 4:20:11 PM